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the vatican that pope benedict xvi will re-sign at the end of the month? the pope says he no longer has the strength to carry out 0 the job. joe rosato jr. spoke to san francisco's controversial archbishop who knows the pope well. >> reporter: shortly before pope benedict was archbishop of san francisco salvator met with the pope. >> he was mentally alert and engaged in conversation, but he seemed to be fiphysically hurti. >> reporter: still, he never expected to hear the history making news pope benedict was stepping down. >> i was just as shocked as anyone else. i hadn't heard raw morse rumors speculation. >> reporter: he watched popes live longer and the stresses of the job grow harder. >> there are greater demands placed on the pope now and going forward living for a longer time. it's a different dynamic now. >> reporter: he says pope benedict's tenure was especially stressful with the church embroiled in the sex abuse crisis, and though the church's critics will likely disagree, he believes pope benedict will be remembered for his courage to address it. >> he was one of the leading
on march 26th. >>> it was an emotional farewell from pope benedict xvi as thousands of people gathered at vatican city. tomorrow he will step down leaving the roman catholic church and its 1 billion worldwide follow eers without a pope. marianne joins us from the vatican. marianne? >> reporter: raj, pope benedict xvi spoke of the burdens of his office as well as the joy. st. peters square alive with excitement as the first pope in six centuries chooses to resign revealing at 85 years old he no longer has the stamina to leave the roman catholic church. >> i will continue to accompany the church with my prayers and ask each of you to pray for me and for the new hope. >> reporter: those who will choose his successor found his final words especially moving. >> it was such a beautiful moment to see the holy father give his whole life and service to the church. >> reporter: benedict noted the difficult times of his pa pacy thanking the faithful for understanding his decision to step down for the good of the church. >> so it's a kind of a death to a certain office and moving on, and he got a
and that does include what apple does. >>> pope benedict xvi celebrated his last public mass as leader of the catholic church today. dressed in the traditional papal robes, the pope came had in on a wheeled platform. he presided over an ash wednesday mass at st. peter's basilica. the mass was moved to make room for the larger crowd that was expected after the pope announced that he's retiring on february 28. a conclave will start some time between march 15 and march 20. >> stopping the spread. still ahead, the unprecedented discovery in the bay area. >>> also, music meets nature. a story of a concert that is about to end. we'll have that coming up. >>> and i'm jeff ranieri in the weather center. a lot of sunshine today including some hazy conditions and expected air quality on moderate levels for thursday. if you have respiratory problems, maybe a tough day for you. we'll let you know when rain moves in and could clear this out. >>> a new sars-like virus is being reported. researchers expect it can spread from person to person. the virus causes severe respiratory illness, fever, and co
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